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Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives, trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

TRIPOLI, Libya (Aug. 6, 2017) — Libya’s coastguard intercepted 137 migrants including 5 women and 3 children on Sunday, August 6, as they attempted to reach Europe, a migration official told Agence France-Presse. Continue reading Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy, where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

GENEVA, Switzerland (Oct. 27, 2016) — At least 3,800 migrants and refugees have perished this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the highest ever toll ever on the perilous route, the United Nations (UN) said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

More Than 6,000 Migrants Plucked From The Sea

Migrants from African origin receive food at the port in the Libyan town of Garabulli, east of Tripoli, on October 3, 2016 after they were rescued by the Libyan coast guard police as their small boat capsized. Two children and nine women died on when a small boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized off the shore of Libya, a coastguard official said. The official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP the victims were among 160 people crammed aboard the boat that went down off Garabulli. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants from African origin receive food at the port in the Libyan town of Garabulli, east of Tripoli, on October 3, 2016 after they were rescued by the Libyan coast guard police as their small boat capsized. Two children and nine women died on when a small boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized off the shore of Libya, a coastguard official said. The official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP the victims were among 160 people crammed aboard the boat that went down off Garabulli. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

It was one of the highest numbers in a single day

ROME (Oct. 3, 2016) — About 6,055 migrants were rescued and 22 found dead on the perilous sea route to Europe on Monday, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italian and Libyan officials said.  Continue reading More Than 6,000 Migrants Plucked From The Sea

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

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MOVING OUT. A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centers, during a police operation in a camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece on May 24, 2016. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

IDOMENI, Greece (May 24, 2016) — Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, began clearing the overcrowded Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands have been living in squalid conditions for more than 3 months. Continue reading Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

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MIGRANT CRISIS. Pope Francis gives a speech during the awarding ceremony of Germany’s famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. Photo by Angelo Carconi/AFP

‘I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (May 6, 2016) — Pope Francis said Friday, May 6, he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society. Continue reading Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

‘There was such suffering’, Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

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EMOTIONAL VISIT. Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP
‘There were so many children. Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying, drowned at sea,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Apr. 18, 2016) – Pope Francis spoke emotionally Sunday, April 17, of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking 3 Syrian families back to the Vatican.

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UN slams migrant ‘detention facilities’ in Greece

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REFUGEE CRISIS. A migrant woman cleans the area around her tent at the Greek-Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece, March 21, 2016. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA
The UN refugee agency also suspends some activities in the Greek islands, where thousands of migrants have been arriving

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 23, 2016) — The UN refugee agency on Tuesday, March 22, harshly criticized an EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx of migrants to Greece, saying reception centers had Continue reading UN slams migrant ‘detention facilities’ in Greece

Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

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Greece scrambles to implement EU-Turkey migrant deal

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‘OPEN BOARD.’ A slogan on the hands of a migrant reads ‘Open board’ as he takes part in a protest march calling for justice for migrants outside the European Commission offices, in central Athens, on March 19, 2016. Panayotis Tzamaros/AFP
Amnesty International has called the deal a ‘historic blow to human rights’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 20, 2016) — Greece scrambled on Saturday, March 19, to begin the massive task of implementing a historic EU-Turkey migrant deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East.

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